Women and Girls Football

This is our hub to discover all the disciplines and activities available to female players across the country.

The Women in Football portfolio is being created to identify the various development areas that require focus in order to increase female participation in football across Canada at all levels- as athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers and in all disciplines: Tackle, Flag and Touch.

Check out below to see the latest news and upcoming events for female football.

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Latest News

Canada outlasts Australia in Women’s World quarterfinal

A pair of second-half touchdowns keyed Team Canada to a 33-6 victory over No. 7-ranked Australia in the quarterfinals of the IFAF Women’s World Championship in Vantaa, Finland, on Saturday.

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Football Canada announces schedule for Women’s Under-18 Championship

Five teams to descend on Regina for inaugural event OTTAWA – Football Canada announced the schedule for the 2022 Women’s

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Canada’s best female football players shine in Red-White game

Team White outlasts Team Red to win national showcase game OTTAWA (May 8, 2022) – A pair of first-half touchdown

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Training and Development

Football Canada and provincial football organizations offer development clinics for girls and women to learn to play or to further skills. As an active for life sport, clinics engage participants to have fun while improving physical, mental awareness to allow for long term play in competitive or recreational environments.

Female Football is developing in Canada and around the globe.

Female Sport Links

In 2004 the New Brunswick Women’s Football league began. That year, the league consisted of only two teams. The Lady Gladiators and the Saint John team then called the Simonds Seagals.

In 2005 the season started off with 4 teams, with the addition of the Moncton Vipers and another team form St. John. Unfortunately low numbers and early injuries plagued both St. John teams forcing them to amalgamate and the bulk of the season was played with 3 teams.

In 2006, Halifax, Nova Scotia, came on board bringing the numbers back to four. This also caused a name change from the NBWFL to the Maritime Women’s Football League.

With many obstacles to overcome the growth of the league was slow and at times discouraging. New teams needed enough money to buy all new equipment, or share with teams. Also recruitment of new players has been a challenge. Many of the new recruits have never played before, or for that matter never watched a game.

The league now has implemented Football Canada’s Junior Player Development Program as a development process so that the girls come up through a system.

Following the 2010 IFAF (Senior) Women’s World Championship in Sweden, the Western Women’s Football League was established in the spring of 2011.

There is a sense of pride as the league continues to grow and develop and more importantly that it gives the opportunity for girls to play tackle football.

Various leagues and teams dedicated to Women’s tackle football are being formed across the country. For more details, visit the following links.

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